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BEST PRACTICE: Supporting our youth

HOW-TO: Get involved with youth orders

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Happy Homecoming

In the weeks ahead, California lodges will host the largest blue lodge gathering in decades.

Congratulations on your leading role in this historic occasion, and best wishes for a successful event. We look forward to hearing your most memorable Coming Home moments.

 

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BEST PRACTICE: Supporting our youth

Blair Williams, master of Harding San Juan Lodge No. 579 in Citrus Heights, has watched his daughter blossom since she joined Job’s Daughters. And he’s not the only one: his whole lodge is actively involved with the local youth order, and over the years, they’ve witnessed its young members grow into mature, confident leaders. Williams gives a summary:

Background: Harding San Juan Lodge has a history of supporting Masonic youth, and we continue that today with our local bethel of Job’s Daughters International.

Bethel 292 is the largest in the area, and it’s also one of the most active. Right now, just two lodge members have daughters in the bethel, but there are a number of brothers who go above and beyond for the girls.

 

How we support our youth orders

Strong lodge presence:

  • At least four or five brothers always attend the bethel’s regular meeting. One brother is on the advisory council.
  • The bethel counts on us to attend their special events, including an annual Hawaiian luau dinner and southern rib feed. We buy the majority of the tickets to those fundraisers. Just last month, about 20 lodge members attended the bethel’s installation.

Volunteer support:

  • One of the bethel’s main fundraisers is staffing a snack booth at ARCO Arena for the Sacramento Kings. Eight nights a year, the bethel provides a crew of 28 volunteers. Volunteers must be over 18, so our lodge members actually make up much of the crew. All proceeds go to the bethel.

Relationship-building:

  • This year we’re doing a pen pal “Secret Santa” as a way for the girls and lodge members to get to know each other. Lodge members draw names and write or e-mail back and forth with the girls. At the end of the year, the girls will guess who their pen pal was.
  • As a special “thank-you” during the holidays, the bethel goes caroling at the houses of those members who’ve done a lot for them over the year.

Fundraising and financial support:

  • A few years ago, a lodge member donated a boat to the bethel, which the bethel decided to auction off for proceeds. Another member, Brother Orley Highfill, bought it. He did repair-work himself and sold the boat for a good profit – which he then donated right back to the bethel.
  • The lodge pays the bethel to serve at their events, and often has an extra tip collection. At the 2009 crab feed, between pay and tips, the bethel made nearly $1,000 for their scholarship fund.
  • We buy the majority of the tickets to bethel fundraisers, such as the Hawaiian luau dinner and Southern rib feed.
  • In recent years, a grand bethel girl and a sweetheart and princess of Northern California DeMolay have all come from Bethel 292. The lodge provided financial support so the girls could attend Grand Bethel and DeMolay activities.

Youth-friendly lodge events:

  • Many of our lodge events are open to youth orders. For example, the lodge is hosting a Masonic families picnic this Spring with nearby youth orders and the local chapter of Eastern Star.

The benefits

  • Just since Jan. 1, our lodge has received two applications from fathers of bethel girls. We’re expecting a third any day.
  • There’s a shared spirit of excitement about the youth order. Our members are proud of the bethel’s achievements, and proud of our supportive role.
  • Youth orders teach responsibility and are a source of lifelong friendships. Our lodge involvement provides a sense of family.

The Bethel 292 guardian council celebrated the lodge’s support in a letter to Grand Lodge: “We appreciate the monetary support that Harding San Juan gives us,” the council wrote, “but we appreciate even more the attendance at our meetings, and the friendships we have made with the members of the lodge.”

 

Contact: Blair Williams, master
Go to: bwilliams@1ezwebhost.com

 

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HOW-TO: Get involved with youth orders

DeMolay International, Job’s Daughters International, and the International Order of Rainbow for Girls rely on lodges and adult leaders for support and mentoring. The role of an advisor is fulfilling and rewarding – and one that is vital today for the future of Masonry.

If you are interested in getting involved, review the opportunities below and sign up on masons4youth.org.

 

DeMolay

  • How to start a local chapter
    Complete the sign-up form on masons4youth.org. Your jurisdiction’s office will contact you with a chapter start-up kit and assistance with forming an advisory council, applying for Letters Temporary, and initiating members.
  • How to become an adult leader
    Complete the sign-up form on masons4youth.org. Men and women age 21 and older are eligible to be adult advisors. No Masonic connection or relation to a DeMolay is required. Interested adults must pass a background check and application process requiring three references. Before becoming an advisor, applicants must complete the three-hour DeMolay Advisor Development (D.A.D.) training program.

Rainbow for Girls

  • How to start a local assembly
    Complete the sign-up form on masons4youth.org. California Rainbow for Girls will contact you with an assembly start-up kit. An area grand deputy will meet with you and assist with forming an advisory board, organizing prospect events, and preparing for the official institution of the assembly.
  • How to become an adult leader
    Complete the sign-up form on masons4youth.org. Men and women age 24 and older are eligible to be adult advisors if they are one of the following: 1) Master Mason; 2) member of Eastern Star, White Shrine, or Amaranth; 3) majority Rainbow Girl; 4) parent, grandparent, or guardian of an active or majority Rainbow Girl. Interested adults must pass a background check and application/approval process and complete a Youth Protection Training program.

 

Job’s Daughters

  • How to start a local bethel
    Complete the sign-up form on masons4youth.org. Job’s Daughters, California will assign a special deputy grand guardian to meet with you and assist with applying for dispensation, initiating members and appointing officers, and forming a bethel guardian council.
  • How to become an adult leader
    Complete the sign-up form on masons4youth.org. Men and women age 20 and older are eligible to serve as members of a bethel guardian council if they are one of the following: 1) Master Mason; 2) majority Job’s Daughter; 3) person of Masonic heritage; 4) parent, grandparent, stepparent, or guardian of an active or majority member of the bethel. Interested adults must pass a background check and approval process and complete the Certified Adult Volunteer (CAV) training course.
Have we forgotten something? Please e-mail suggestions to communications@freemason.org with How-To: Get involved with youth orders in the subject line.

 

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Masons of California on Facebook

The official Facebook page for the Masons of California is intended as a fun, informal place for members and friends of the fraternity to interact with each other and Grand Lodge. Look for videos, photos, and the latest buzz about the fraternity.

Spread the word to your lodge, your family, and your friends. We hope you’ll become a fan, and be an active part of the online community.

 

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Reader report card

Thanks to those who participated in The Leader reader survey in December. More than 100 filled out the online survey.

More than three-quarters of respondents said the articles are “very” or “moderately” informative and helpful, and nearly 90 percent reported that they “always” or “usually” act on the information provided.

In order of preference, a majority said they want to read more about

  • membership development
  • engaging the new member
  • Masonic education programs
  • mentoring
  • Masonic center as a community resource
  • widow and member outreach
  • lodge support of youth orders
We will continue to deliver useful and timely information directly applicable to your role as a Masonic leader. Some of the Best Practice themes that were suggested are slotted for the future. And we'll continue to use the survey feedback as we plan for the coming year.

 

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Question of the month

Last month we asked if your lodge has a Web site. Of the 108 that responded:

84% - Yes
16% - No

 

Of those that said yes, 84 percent said that a lodge member other than the secretary maintains the Web site. As for hosting, 40 percent host the Web site themselves; 30 percent host it with Calodges.org.

Here’s your next question.

 

 

 

 

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